Boonsboro briefs

May 04, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

Sanitation fee increase approved

BOONSBORO - Based on the recommendation of Boonsboro Town Manager John Kendall, the Boonsboro Town Council voted Monday to increase sanitation fees and award a sanitation contract.

The council voted to increase sanitation fees to $15 per quarter, effective July 1, he said.

Sanitation fees currently are $10 per quarter, Kendall said. The fees will continue to fund twice-weekly trash pickup, he said.

The council awarded the sanitation contract to Waste Management.

The contract awarded is about $40,000 more than that for the current year, which is the reason the fee increase is needed, he said.

The current contract with the same company is $91,914, he said.

The contract awarded Monday is for $130,930, he said.

Mayor reminds people to vote

BOONSBORO - During Monday's meeting of the Boonsboro Town Council, Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman Jr. reminded those in the audience that the town election is Monday, May 10.


"Please, everyone, come out and vote," he said.

Four candidates, including two incumbents, are vying for two open council seats.

Kauffman, the town's mayor since 1988, is unopposed for re-election.

Incumbent Councilman Kevin M. Chambers and Richard Gross are seeking re-election.

The incumbents are being challenged by William L. Tritapoe and Mark K. Smith.

Sheriff's office to enforce speed limit

BOONSBORO - Over the next few months, the Washington County Sheriff's Department will try a variety of ways to stop people from speeding in the Town of Boonsboro, resident Deputy Jim Clay told the Boonsboro Town Council at Monday's meeting.

"Public, be forewarned" that speed laws will be enforced, Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said.

"Please observe the speed limits in the town of Boonsboro," Kauffman said.

The most common time for speeding in the town is 3:30 to 6 p.m., Clay said.

Clay will be able to use an unmarked car to stop people from violating traffic laws, he said.

Another approach that may be used is what he called "saturation enforcement."

Five deputies, for example, might come to the town at the same time to enforce laws and write tickets, he said. That approach tends to get the attention of drivers and convince them that the speed limit will be enforced, he said.

'Miss Poppy' sells symbolic flowers

BOONSBORO - As part of an annual tradition, the mayor and members of the Boonsboro Town Council on Monday purchased poppies from "Miss Poppy."

During Monday's town meeting, Boonsboro Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman read a proclamation designating May 2004 as Poppy Month. The poppy is the symbol of the sacrifice of life in war, he said.

Kauffman and council members posed for picture with this year's "Miss Poppy," Jenna Pepple, 7, a first-grader at Sharpsburg Elementary School.

Her parents are Joseph and Lori Pepple of Sharpsburg.

Jenna sold poppies to about 20 people in the audience at the meeting.

Betty Hull, representing the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Boonsboro American Legion, introduced the youngster and gave her instructions.

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